Buying Macbook 17-inch

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by BobNL, Jun 5, 2015.

  1. BobNL macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I currently have a Windows laptop, and although it has been working fine for my since 2012 I have been using OS X on my hackintosh the last couple of months, and have started to really enjoy using OS X.

    Since I use my laptop mostly at school, I have always been a fan of the bigger screen sizes. My current laptop is a 17.3'' Sony laptop. I classmate of mine has a last generation before retina MBP 15''. I really love it, but the screen is just two small for me. I want the bigger screen.

    I'm planning to buy a second hand 17" MBP since Apple does not make them anymore, getting the complete checkout version, upgrading the RAM to 8GB, and installing a Samsung 850 PRO SSD.

    My question is, from time to time I hear that certain models of Macbook Pro's have some (grapich) problems, is that also true for the last gen pre retina models?

    Thank you,

    Bob
     
  2. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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  3. BobNL thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It makes no difference if I get a early 2011 model? I really want SATA 6GB/s to take full advantage of my SSD.
     
  4. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    All 2011 (early and late) 15" and 17" models have the Radeongate issue. The ones from 2010 also have NVIDIAgate.
     
  5. Cuniac macrumors 6502a

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    I did have to get my 2011 serviced for that issue but it was free of charge.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    I'd stay away from the 2011 model as stated, its not a question if it will fail but when.
     

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